Hurricane Iota Could Be Catastrophic for Central America
Source: Red Cross
Iota is now a Category 5 hurricane predicted to make a catastrophic landfall in northeastern Nicaragua tonight, following in the footsteps of Hurricane Eta, which devastated countries in Central America less than two weeks ago.
The hurricane is carrying maximum sustained winds of 160 mph and is predicted to bring devastating wind, life-threatening storm surge and as much as 20 inches of rain to the region. Landfall is expected tonight with the storm weakening after it hits land.
According to the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), the rivers are still high and floodwaters have not yet drained in many communities affected by Eta, that it wouldn’t take a very strong storm to create a new tragedy. Red Cross assessments show more than 2.5 million people from Panama to Belize were affected in some way by Eta, although the impacts are most severe in Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala.